Recommended Pollution Curriculum
The following list of links to lessons is an example of a curriculum focused on pollution. The 15 hours of student time required to complete the lessons contained here would comprise a 1 credit hour course if all the lessons were used. The curriculum includes lessons on water and air pollution, the impact of energy extraction on pollution, the role of the built environment in creating or preventing pollution and the human side of pollution.
The Hydrologic Cycle is the closed captioned Aquatic Science STEM curriculum Lesson 2 that includes relevant science topics in 8 videos: What is water and why is water important? What is the hydrosphere? What are the special properties of water and why are they important? What is the hydrosphere and what is its importance to life on Earth? What are natural resources? What are aquatic resources? How do we use water? How much water is available for human use? What is conservation? Why is it important? How can we tell if water is polluted or clean? How does water pollution affect aquatic life? How does water’s temperature affect the amount of oxygen in it? What is water quality? How do humans affect water quality?
Watersheds is the closed captioned Aquatic Science STEM curriculum Lesson 3 that includes relevant science topics in 7 videos: What is a watershed? Which watershed do you live in? When it rains at your home, what creek and river does the water travel to? How does the watershed affect the water body into which it drains? How do human activities affect the quality and quantity of water in a watershed? What is point-source pollution? What is non-point source pollution? What are examples of each? What is erosion? What causes it? What is sediment? Where does it come from? How does human activity affect erosion and sedimentation? What is the impact of erosion and sedimentation on aquatic resources? What are Texas’ natural regions? Is the water in your region drinkable, swimmable and fishable? How does your location within a watershed affect the quality of water where you live? How can you influence the quality of water for others in your watershed?
Oceans: Gulf of Mexico is the closed captioned Aquatic Science STEM curriculum Lesson 12 that includes relevant science topics in 7 videos: Which states share Gulf waters? Which other countries share the Gulf? What are some of the industries in the Gulf? How can people in these industries help keep Gulf waters healthy for aquatic life? What influence does the Mississippi River have on the Gulf? What is a hypoxic zone and its impacts? How are hypoxic zones formed? How can they be prevented? What are some of the ecosystems in the Gulf and what kind of organisms would you find in them? How are oil and gas platforms similar to coral reefs? What might you see on a Texas beach? What are currents? What do they do in the Gulf? How can you help marine mammals or sea turtles? What do you think scientist Sylvia Earle meant when she referred to the Gulf of Mexico as America’s Sea? What does it mean to you?
Water for People and the Environment is the closed captioned Aquatic Science STEM curriculum Lesson 13 that includes relevant science topics in 8 videos: What is the purpose of the Clean Water Act? What kind of water pollution is it intended to prevent? Why does the Act not stop all water pollution? What is watershed action planning? What should people where you live consider when conducting watershed action planning? In Texas, who “owns” surface water? Who “owns” groundwater? Since all water is connected, why do we have different systems of regulation? What is a “water right?” What are the impacts of prior allocation? What is “rule of capture?” What rights and responsibilities are associated with it? What are environmental flows? How are they obtained? What will influence your water supply for the future?
We need the faculty member working on the topic of air to let us know which videos relate to pollution
The Oil spill videos will work great here!
We are just including this in case Jorge had anything related to pollution in his materials.
Gwendolyn will record a lesson on recycling and composting from the home to the industrial scale.